‘I can’t wait to bring mischief to a TV institution’: Rylan Clark-Neal lands ‘dream’ job co-hosting Strictly Come Dancing spin-off It Takes Two with Zoe Ball
Rylan Clark-Neal is set to join Zoe Ball as a co-host on Strictly Come Dancing spin-off It Takes Two.
The former Big Brother: Bit On The Side presenter was confirmed to be joining the show’s presenting lineup, after he called into Zoe’s Radio 2 Breakfast Show on Thursday.
In a statement Rylan gushed about the excitement he felt around landing a ‘dream’ job, adding that he planned to bring ‘a lot of mischief’ to the ITV2 show.
Big job: Rylan Clark-Neal is set to join Zoe Ball as a co-host on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two when the BBC Two show returns later this year
In a tweet posted to the Strictly Twitter account, BBC bosses said: ‘Joining Zoe Ball as the co-host of It Takes Two is Rylan! We can’t wait to welcome him to the #Strictly family when the show returns on @BBCTwo in the autumn.’
Zoe also announced the news during her Radio 2 breakfast show, when she asked Rylan to call in as a surprise guest.
In a statement Rylan added: ‘I can’t begin to explain how excited I am to be joining the Strictly family. I’ve always been a massive fan of It Takes Two and to be working with the amazing Zoe Ball is a dream.
‘I’m extremely honoured to be joining such a television institution and can’t wait to bring a lot of mischief to the Strictly bubble. I’m looking forward to getting started and seeing you all soon.’
Loving it: In a statement Rylan gushed about the excitement he felt around landing a ‘dream’ job, adding that he planned to bring ‘a lot of mischief’ to the ITV2 show
Zoe added: ‘I adore Rylan, he’s an absolute wonder, I love his daftness and naughtiness and he’s a brilliant live telly host. He’ll fit right into our It Takes Two family. Can’t wait for this new season to start, it’s going be a hoot!’
Dan McGolpin, Controller of BBC Programming and Daytime said: ‘We are really excited to welcome Rylan to the Strictly family. He’s a fantastic broadcaster and I can’t think of a better person to help bring our viewers all the latest Strictly news.’
Rylan seemed to tease that something sensational was in the works hours before the news broke of his new presenting job, as he tweeted a GIF of hundreds of rainbow sequins.
Loving it: Rylan took to Twitter following the news to gush about getting his ‘big old teeth stuck into hosting It Takes Two’
Next role: Rylan previously hosted Big Brother’s Bit On The Side until the show was axed last year, and has since been presenting a Saturday afternoon show on BBC Radio 2
Later re-posting the image he added: ‘So excited to finally say i’m thrilled to be joining Team @bbcstrictly and can’t wait to get my big old teeth stuck into hosting #ItTakesTwo alongside the gorgeous @ZoeBall.
‘Thanks for trusting me with another one of your babies! Can’t wait to get going!’
Since Big Brother came to an end in November, Rylan has gone onto land a stint presenting Radio 2’s Saturday afternoon show, a hilarious cross-over given Zoe hosted the show before she landed the weekday breakfast slot.
Big star: Rylan had previously left viewers in hysterics, as he presented Bit On The Side from 2013 to 2018
Yes! Fans were quick to take to social media to congratulate Rylan on his new presenting role
Fans were quick to take to social media to congratulate the star on his new presenting role, with several joking that they hoped to see him showcase a dance move or two.
One wrote: ‘Can they install a set of stairs into the #ItTakesTwo studio?? I’ve missed your dances ALOT.’
Another added: ‘Can’t wait! You and Zoe will be fabulous together. You’re so good at interviewing together,’ while a third also tweeted: ‘I am completely on board with @Rylan co-hosting #scd It Takes Two with Zoe.’
Gorgeous: Zoe has presented It Takes Two since 2011, after taking over from Claudia Winkleman
It Takes Two offers fans an inside look at all the latest Strictly gossip, including interviews with its stars and hilarious dancing segments.
Before Zoe, it had been hosted by Claudia Winkleman from 2004 to 2010, who has gone onto co-host the main show with Tess Daly.
In October the show also made headlines, when it featured the first interview with comedian Seann Walsh and Katya Jones following their kiss scandal.
While Zoe explained they were on the show to speak about their upcoming dance, the pair then offered their apologies after they were snapped sharing a kiss on a night out.
The display stunned fans, as Katya is married to fellow dancer Neil Jones, and at the time Seann was dating Rebecca Humphries.
Shocking; In October It Takes Two made headlines when it featured the first interview with comedian Seann Walsh and Katya Jones, following their ‘kiss’ scandal